Outreach

God has told us that because He loves all people that we are called to love all people. This value of loving all people is practically lived out through our Social Ministry and Missions at Trinity.

Christmas Food Baskets

Holiday Food Baskets including a frozen turkey or ham and non-perishable items will be delivered to individuals and families in need. Donations and volunteers will be needed to help collect donations, sort donations, pack baskets and deliver baskets. Registration is required for volunteers and basket recipients. Register your family or a family in need. Christmas Basket Deliveries will take place on Sunday, December 19, 2021.

Christmas Toy Shop

Christmas Toy Shop will take place on Saturday, December 11 from 9 am – 3 pm. Families in need are invited to come and shop for their children’s Christmas Gifts at a discounted rate. We need your help to stock the shop! All gift ideas are welcome – Our goal is to offer each family has a wide selection of toys, clothing and gifts for all ages (infant to teens). Donations will be collected through December 6.

Salvation Army Bell Ringing

We need volunteers! Trinity will be ringing bells for the Salvation Army on Saturday, December 4, 11 & 18 at the Macy’s and JCPenney at Lakeside Mall. Each registration is a One-hour commitment to ring. Trinity’s 5-year impact history has raised over $17,500 to support our local feeding programs, shelters, substance abuse treatment centers, outreach ministries, disaster services and nurturing programs for adults, seniors, and children of all ages.

Social Outreach Ministries

Social Ministries empowers volunteers to become the hands and feet of Jesus. We are blessed with being able to work with so many opportunities. What price is put on changed lives—of the receivers as well as the givers?

Camp Restore Detroit

I would like to bring some visibility to a ministry operating in the city of Detroit I personally support.  In early 2017 I joined the ministry “Steering Committee” for the formation of Camp Restore Detroit (CRD).  CRD is not a 501(c) 3 non-profit ministry working out of a sister LCMS congregation, Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Detroit.  I was asked to join the Board of Directors and currently serve as a member of that board.

Our Michigan District has loaned CRD $250,000 to get the effort up and running, and it has been operating now for the last two summers.  What was once a vibrant and productive community decades ago has deteriorated into almost a forgotten wasteland dotted with a few remaining houses.  The devastation has been termed a “hurricane without water.”  But the compelling love of Jesus will not allow this congregation’s effort to go unnoticed.

CRD is a bridge to the community that provides volunteers – from all over the United States – wishing to partner with the community to bring hope and restoration back to the people.  The camp provides beds and food to volunteers, and coordinates all their service and partnerships in the city (Michigan District).

If you would be willing to assist CRD in the rebuilding efforts you will realize just what a unique opportunity you have to spread God’s LOVE and bring HOPE for a brighter future to many as well as meeting and working side-by-side with people who share the same mission and vision you have through a relationship with Jesus.

-Pastor Lew Stier

Delivering Disciples
Mission Statement

Delivering Disciples is dedicated to providing pre-packaged, healthy meals at no cost to those who are unable to either get or prepare their own meals.

Motto

Matthew 4:4 “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone,but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” We bring good food to those in need!

How We Serve

Prepackaged Frozen meals – Delivering Disciples prepares meals in a ServSafe Certified Kitchen that is registered with the Department of Health. Eats are prepared, cooled, packaged and frozen for distribution in freezer and microwave safe containers making them easy to warm and eat.

Who We Serve

Senior Living Facilities – Delivering Disciples will deliver meals to Senior Living Facilities with community members that are unable to acquire or prepare their own foods

Individuals – Delivering Disciples will deliver meals to qualifying individuals living in homes or apartments in our neighboring community.

Charitable Organizations – Delivering Disciples partners with local homeless shelters and meal ministries to assist with food distribution on an as-needed basis.

SIGN UP TO RECEIVE MEALS

To find out more, please download the Delivering Disciples Brochure here or email deliveringdisciples@trinityutica.com.

Family Feud

Family Feud is an annual event created for the purpose of raising funds and awareness for six different local charities. Every February, we invite six teams and their guests to join us for a night of fun as we ‘Play the Feud’. 

If you’ve ever seen the game on TV, you’ll know it has stood the test of time when it comes to entertainment. Our very own game show host and judge/announcer facilitate three games in an evening of fun. Between the games, guests enjoy hors d’oeuvres and bid on silent auction items. All proceeds from the event are split between the competing charities.

Our Planning Committee has met and after much deliberation we have come to the decision to postpone/forego the Family Feud Fundraiser for the year of 2021. 

We understand that our partner charities which participate in the Family Feud rely on funds raised at this event each year. Trinity’s Board of Christian Outreach has decided to provide a donation to each charity that we had planned on approaching to participate in the event this year in hopes that these funds will help their mission continue through the year in partnership with Trinity and our community. 

We ask that you consider adopting ONE charity organization to support throughout the year in prayer, involvement or through financial contribution if you are able. 

       Gifts for All God’s Children (https://giftsforallgodschildren.org/)

       Hearts for Homes (https://hearts4homes.org/)

       Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers (https://www.ivcinfo.org/)

       MCREST  (https://www.mcrest.org)

       New Day Foundation (https://www.foundationforfamilies.org/)

       Trinity Community Care (https://trinitycommunitycare.org/)

We look forward to Playing the Feud again in 2022!

Food Ministry
  • Trinity’s Food ministry consists of a network of charitable sources including Caterers, Forgotten Harvest and Donations from our community. We pick-up food donations from various locations, re-purpose and re-distribute between our Sunday Meal Program, Delivering Disciples and our Meal Ministry Partnerships. We work with Family of God, the Detroit Rescue Mission, Life Challenge, QTMC, Lighthouse, MCREST and People’s Missionary to assist them with serving people in need in their neighborhoods.
  • A kitchen crew gathers on Mondays & Fridays from 12:30-2:30 to prepare meals for various ministries. Please contact Tammy Mizerski at tmizerski@trinityutica.com for more information.
HOME Ministry

HOME Ministry- (Hope Opportunity Mentoring Equipping)   While the task force continues to meet to develop a strong program to help families in Macomb County avoid homelessness, God continues to show us the need and His power to make this a reality.

Pastor Lew recently shared a story of God’s version of “a bag of money falling from the sky.” A women he met with was facing eviction. She was a substitute teacher who had fallen behind on her rent.  She had found a new job, however, the start date wasn’t soon enough to pay her balance by the court hearing.  Trinity was able to provide a “letter of commitment” for $400.00.  Pastor counseled her that “a bag of money was probably not going to drop out of the sky and on to her porch.”  The Good Shepherd Coalition and another church were also able to assist. However, she was still short of the full amount needed.

Prior to her court date, Pastor Lew and she prayed. While they prayed, Pastor mentioned the “the bag of money falling from the sky.” We believe God can do immeasurably more than we think to ask-so be bold in our asking!

After the court hearing, Pastor Lew was one of the first people she called.   She told him, “Pastor Lew, a bag of money did not fall from the sky last night—BUT—God sent me an HOUR GLASS!” The court gave her 3 weeks to come up with the money needed.  She was starting her new job which would give her a check in 2 weeks.

This sister in Christ may have more challenges ahead, but Trinity was able to provide her a wonderful example of what it means to trust in God and He will provide.

The HOME Ministry is working towards developing programs which, through collaboration with other organizations, will mentor and equip families who are facing eviction and homelessness. Please continue to pray for this ministry.

L.E.R.T. (Lutheran Early Response Team)

Responding to these hurting people is a vital part of who we are as members of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS).  We show mercy and love to our communities because of the great grace and love that God has first shown to us.

Trinity’s Lutheran Early Response Team (L.E.R.T.) trains to be prepared to show Christ’s love to the community when a disaster strikes.

Here are three ways you can help Trinity’s L.E.R.T Team:

1. Pray for L.E.R.T. as they work to assist those in need.

2. Volunteer your time to assist those disaster victims by training and showing your Christian compassion and mercy with dirty hands and a smiling face.

3. Support the Trinity L.E.R.T. Team with funding.  As with all disasters, you hear the call for monetary donations.  Money enables L.E.R.T. to help disaster victims by strategically placing the funds where needed most.  When the call for help is placed, your Trinity L.E.R.T. Team is ready to GO.

MCREST

MCREST shelters 60 people each night of the year by working with 65 churches that open their doors for a week at a time as a shelter.  All meals, transportation, safety, clothing needs, laundry, etc. are provided by over 200 volunteers and a steering committee of 15.

Trinity began working with the MCREST program in 1999. Trinity Lutheran Church hosts 60 individuals and families (men, women and children) annually during the last full week of July. The Macomb County Rotating Emergency Shelter Team (MCREST) offers job readiness, placement and additional learning resources to help those awaiting transitional housing. For more information regarding this program or organization please visit www.MCREST.org.

Thank you for your interest in helping Trinity serve our community in partnership with MCREST (Macomb County Rotating Emergency Shelter Team). Each year, our congregation commits to hosting 60 men, women and children under our roof. We provide them with Shelter and Food as well as Laundry, Showers, Fellowship, Transportation and by fulfilling needs as we work with case managers helping them to find stable housing solutions.

In order for our host week to be successful, we require donations and volunteers to help keep things running smoothly! From set-up, tear-down, meal serving and preparation, to laundry, check-in, safety and security we have a job that will fit anyone! Please consider signing up to assist with a day (or more) as you are able! Invite a friend or family member to come along and use it as an opportunity to serve together!

Donations are also needed! Our wish list can be found here on Amazon and includes including lunch items, drinks, cleaning, underwear, laundry soap and toiletry items. Items can also be purchased from local stores (Costco, Sam’s Club, Kroger, Meijer, etc.) and dropped off at the tables located in the hallway outside of the Fellowship Hall from July 1st all the way to July 21st! Gift cards (Meijer or WalMart) or donations via online giving to help with any items that are not received via donation are greatly appreciated. Thank you for your generosity and dedication to this ministry!

Volunteers wishing to do things from home or work in small groups will be needed for tasks such as decorating lunch bags, writing letters or making cards, packaging lunches or activity packs for our guests. If you have an idea on how to serve our guests that we haven’t mentioned – we would love to hear it!
Please contact Jenny at jjaroneski@trinityutica.com with any questions.

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Motown Soup

Motown Soup has been helping our community feed and shelter people by donating $1,265,000 over the past 15 years. This amount has been earned with the continued support of our volunteers and customers. Know that while you are eating our product, someone less fortunate is eating too.  Because of your purchase today, you are helping support the fight to end homelessness or hunger right here in Michigan.

Motown Soup is a 100% volunteer organization.  100% of our profits are given to Michigan Non-Profits that are:

  • Food Banks / Food Pantries
  • Homeless Shelters
  • Soup Kitchens

You can continue to support these groups through the purchase of the products offered by Motown Soup:

  • Over 20 varieties of soup
  • Baked Goods
  • Dips
  • Gift Boxes for all occasions

Or partnering with Motown Soup through:

  • Fundraising
  • Retail
  • Corporate Gifts (Tailored to your needs)

Make sure to visit us at:  www.motownsoup.com for the most current and up-to-date information on:

  • Product information/ordering for pick-up or to ship throughout the United States
  • Where to purchase Motown Soup
  • Motown Soup booths at craft shows and other events
  • Volunteer Opportunities
NSO - Neighborhood Service Organization
  • NOTICE: NSO’s drop-in shelter has been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19 Safety Precautions. Our team looks forward to continuing this ministry once the shelter is back in use.
  • Neighborhood Service Organization is a drop-in shelter at MLK and Third in Detroit.  Teams create a meal, transport it to the NSO where they set up a table on the sidewalk, and serve up to 150 people in 30 minutes.  Teams operate each Saturday.    The meal is prepared early afternoon in the church kitchen. If you are interested in volunteering, either with prepping the meal or serving, you can contact Jim at 586-226-4167 for more information.
SSS - Supper/Sack Lunch/Showers
  • NOTICE: SSS Operations have changed due to COVID-19 Safety Precautions. At this time we are offering hot to-go meals and a sack lunch from 1-3 pm every Sunday from our church lobby. Showers and clothing operations are suspended until further notice.
  • What began with only 1 or 2 guests in August, 2002, SSS has grown to average 110 guests each Sunday.  15% of our guests are homeless, and the rest of our guests are often income-challenged bringing them to a smorgasbord of a meal on Sundays from 3:30 to 5:00.  We do have people who come to SSS for the fellowship that they don’t receive during the week.
  • The meal (all you can eat until we roll you out) has been provided every Sunday for 12 years, even on holidays.  Bible Study is from 2:30 to 3:30, showers are 2:00 to 4:00, haircuts (when available) are 3:30 to 4:30 and clothing is available from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.  A sack lunch is available to each guest as they leave.
  • SSS is open to volunteers.   At times, we are booked with volunteers for a number of weeks in advance.   Volunteers make the sack lunches on Saturday (we have 5 teams on a rotating basis) as well as another set of volunteers doing the laundry for each weekend of the month.  Four of our volunteers are Serve/Safe certified.
  • Register to Volunteer on Sundays here: https://trinityutica.churchcenter.com/registrations/events/411224
  • For more information on assisting with laundry or assembling sack lunches please email sssvolunteer@trinityutica.com.
Trinity Community Care

Trinity Community Care is a free clinic established in 2013 in a 2000 square foot store front at 47511 Van Dyke, just north of 21 Mile Road, in Shelby Township. After merging local concerns for health of the poor with medical mission trips, a separate 501c3 non-profit was formed to provide answers to the uninsured and the under insured. Trinity Community Care offers dental and medical help at 47511 Van Dyke on Sundays.  Troy Beaumont Hospital, Wheat Ridge Ministries and Motown Soup grants as well as other donations and fund raisers have helped TCC open their doors. Meaningful volunteer opportunities for clinicians and non-clinicians are available, where they will be able to see first-hand their impact on the local community.

Medical, dental, pharmacy, social and spiritual support services are provided to those with incomes at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, who do not qualify for Medicare or Medicaid. Medical services are available to those ages 19-64, and dental services to those aged 19 and older. Care is provided by volunteer doctors, nurses, social workers, dentists, hygienists, and assistants. Focusing on whole person care, clinic volunteers will also help patients navigate their care by offering individual support services, referrals, screenings, benefits counseling and educational classes during the week.

The clinic is currently open on Sundays by appointment only. For further information or to volunteer, please contact us at 586-649-3014 or trinitycommunitycare@gmail.com.

Global Missions

Jesus has a heart for the whole world, so as His disciples at Trinity we also do. This heart is shown through our current partnerships listed below.

Brazil Mission

For over 15 years, Trinity has partnered with Pastor Paulino in reaching out to the Terena Indian people in Western Brazil.  He has been able to give them hope as he shares Jesus with them. Trinity has not only been supporting him financially, but we also send short-term mission teams to help him in his efforts.  We have sent several medical teams and also college student teams to help him offer hope to students and children through Vacation Bible School.

Haiti Mission

Working in partnership with the local Lutheran Church, our team will reach out with the love of Jesus as we provide medical care, community health education, and experience the life and culture of Haiti. This will be the eighth mission team to Ouanaminthe, Haiti!  Although medical professionals are needed, we also welcome people without a medical background to assist in the clinic.

Rev. Daniel Paul leads a church, girls and boys orphanages, and a school in Ouanaminthe, Haiti, all of which are all government accredited. Support and oversight are supplied by North East Haiti Lutheran Mission (nehlm.org) – started by Faith Lutheran Church, La Grande, Oregon and Lamb of God LCMS, Lake Stevens, Washington. The Church in Ouanaminthe is recognized and in fellowship with Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS).

Please pray and consider joining us in this incredible ministry.

LAMP

LAMP is Lutheran Association of Missionary Pilots.  LAMP is a cross-cultural ministry that has been sharing Jesus Christ with God’s people in remote areas of Canada since 1970 through the ministry of pastor/missionary/pilots, and short and long-term volunteers-in-mission. Each year over 5,000 children, youth and adults are impacted by the ministry of LAMP.

Why should you serve with LAMP?

1.) Opportunities to proclaim the gospel

“If we are sharing and showing love, we may be impacting someone without realizing it. If we can give His LOVE and HOPE to one person, it is a trip well worth the time.”

— LAMP Volunteer

2.) Eye-opening and life-changing experiences

“I wasn’t sure what to expect. I knew it would be difficult, but I had no idea how rewarding it would be to work with the children and see my fellow team members with kids clinging to them!”

— LAMP Volunteer

3.) Develop relationships and grow in faith

“I understand better that serving God is not always about the words we share, but often just about being there.”

— LAMP Volunteer

4.) The need to hear of God’s love found in Jesus

“While in the community, a young man working in the store thanked us for what we were doing. He remembered the previous LAMP team from Texas. He said it was because of VBS and the team that he believes in God and goes to church regularly… and then we saw him at church.”

— LAMP Volunteer

5.) Strong relationships and respect in the community with invitations to serve alongside them

“We sometimes need outside help to encourage those who are doing ministries in their communities. They help lots to bring the gospel to people who have no help and no hope. People think nothing will change. We need to give them hope in Christ. We need people to encourage the workers — pastors, ministers, etc. They rejuvenate and uplift us workers.”

— Pelican Narrows community member

God taught me that His will is the best plan for my life. Every year I serve with LAMP, I am reminded of this truth, and it becomes very evident. (Steven – Sucker River, SK)

Trinity Lutheran Church has been sending teams in support of LAMP since 2015.   Lately, we have been sending teams to Sucker River 156C Indian Reserve of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band in Saskatchewan, Canada.  The team has been conducting vacation Bible school with the children of the community.  We are also working on establishing relationships with members of the community.  Last year we hosted a community dinner which allowed the team to make connections with the adults in the community.   Each year the trip is the first full week of August.    If you would like further information on LAMP or would consider taking part, please contact Cindy Gliesman at 586-557-5576.

Volunteer Opportunities

At Trinity we share the love of Jesus with our neighbors on an on-going basis! There are plenty of opportunities to be the hands and feet of Jesus as you serve in our social ministry.

Who To Contact

Pastor Lew Stier

Associate Pastor of Outreach

Jenny Jaroneski

Social Ministry Associate

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